Guillain-Barre Syndrome can present a host of complications for daily functioning, particularly regarding communications. Trying to verbally communicate that you are in pain, thirsty, or in need of a blanket can be nearly impossible if a patient is suffering from paralysis or on a ventilator. Often patients rely on others to speak for them and caregivers struggle to understand the needs that are being communicated by their loved ones.
The Communication Cards below are designed to assist both caregivers and patients and depict a wide range of daily activities, concerns and situations. They can be used to prompt discussion, assist with directions, clarify a patient’s needs, and help lessen the burden of coping with a rare and disabling condition. Ultimately the Communications Cards can greatly assist in alleviating the patient’s feelings of being alone. Please feel free to download and print the Communications Cards for yourself or someone you know with GBS, CIDP or variant conditions.